According to Gazeta Wyborcza, Polish and German authorities have agreed to relaunch the daily train service running between Kraków and Berlin via Wrocław.
Dietmar Woidke, The President of Germany’s Brandenburg region, is quoted as saying the restored route will finally “fill the gap” by connecting the “important economic centres by rail”.
At present, there are already daily train departures to and from Wrocław and Berlin. This is thanks to the Vienna-Berlin nighttrain that is run by Austrian rail company OBB. However that service departs Wrocław at around 5am in the morning, which is not the most comfortable time for passengers.
There is also the ‘Culture Train’, which runs between Wrocław and Berlin at the weekends. There are nonetheless some shortcomings with that service too – the departure times only suit Berliners coming for a weekend in Wrocław. Unfortunately it doesn’t work the other way around.
As a result, many of those looking to travel to Berlin and back by public transport have to go by bus or tolerate a longer train journey with changes.
Wyborcza state that the Culture Train will continue to run until 2020, by which time the restored Euro City route should be in service.
When the ‘Eurocity Wawel’ last operated in 2014, the train left Wrocław at around 11am, with the return journey departing Berlin at approximately 9.30am. The journey took around 5 hours, however the trip should take about 45 minutes less when the service returns next year.